NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Columbus
(Friday, February 13th)
Final Score: Columbus 3, Detroit 2
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Rookie Steve Mason stopped 32-of-34 shots in his return to the lineup, as the Columbus Blue Jackets hung on to beat the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2, at Nationwide Arena.
Raffi Torres, Jason Chimera, and Jason Williams scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won three straight contests. Williams, the former Detroit player acquired in a trade with Atlanta on Jan. 15, scored in his third straight game to help the Blue Jackets.
"It's always nice to score against your former team. For that to be the game- winner, that's a little icing on the cake I guess," said Williams. "But that was a good, solid effort by everybody. Our penalty killing did a great job. Mason made some huge saves at the end of the game. Every point is crucial right now and I think we showed tonight that we were hungry."
The 20-year-old Mason had originally been diagnosed with mononucleosis on January 29, was placed on IR on February 7 (retroactive to February 4). He missed three games while recovering. Mason now holds a 20-12-2 record. He also has seven shutouts in his 35 games, tops in the NHL.
"I felt great. There wasn't even points in the game I was tired. That was pretty positive," said Mason.
Nicklas Lidstrom and Mikael Samuelsson tallied for the Red Wings, who lost for the first time this month. Chris Osgood stopped 22-of-25 shots for the loss.
Trailing 2-1, Detroit tied the game at two on a Samuelsson goal 4:04 into the final stanza. Jiri Hudler, who won the puck during a battle along the boards, hit an open Samuelsson in the center of ice in front of Mason.
With less than seven minutes to go, Marc Methot hit Williams with a pass to set up a 2-on-1 for the home team. Williams decided to take things in his own hands and fired a shot past the pads of Osgood.
The Red Wings pulled their goaltender late in the game for an extra attacker, but the Columbus defense held strong to preserve the victory.
"We played real well defensively, I thought," said Lidstrom. "As the game went on we got more chances especially in the third period, but they scored the last goal and in the end that was enough. I thought the team really battled hard though."
The Blue Jackets took advantage of a Detroit turnover to draw first blood just 2:45 into the first period. After taking the puck away from just outside the Red Wings blue line, Michael Peca and Torres found themselves on a 2-on-1. Peca slid the puck over to Torres, who fired a shot into the upper right-hand corner of the net.
The remainder of the first frame, which had zero penalties, was scoreless. Detroit failed to capitalize on 11 shots in the stanza, including a backhanded-shot that went off the right post with about 30 ticks left.
Columbus had a chance to extend its lead early in the second period as Lidstrom was called for hooking. The Red Wings successfully killed off the penalty. As time expired on the Columbus power-play, Pavel Datsyuk split a pair of Blue Jackets defenders with a beautiful pass to Lidstrom, who had just exited the penalty box. Lidstrom took advantage of his breakaway opportunity with a top-shelf goal 3:25 into the second.
Just over four minutes later, Columbus took back the lead on a goal from Chimera. After a shot deflected to the left of Osgood, Chimera collected the puck and tallied with a backhanded-shot past a sprawling Osgood.
Both teams had beautiful scoring chances late in the period. The Blue Jackets' R.J. Umberger was stopped by Osgood on a short-handed opportunity with 3:40 left in the period. Less than a minute later, Datsyuk hit the left post after maneuvering around a defender at the right circle.
The Blue Jackets are 18-9-1 as the host this year...The teams have split four games this season...Detroit has taken nine of 14 overall in the series, but has lost four of its last six in Columbus...Earlier on Friday, Columbus sent netminder Dan LaCosta to Syracuse of the AHL. LaCosta went 2-0-0 with a 1.54 GAA and one shutout in three games during his call-up in the wake of Mason's illness.
02/13 22:27:14 ET